An Introduction to Competency
working with the Adoption Constellation
with Brooke Randolph, LMHC, LPC, LPCC-S & Abigail Hasberry, PhD, LMFTA
Hybrid Training | Zoom + Indianapolis in-person
February 29 – March 1, 2024
(U.S. Eastern Time Zone)
There are no pre-requisites for this 2-day training. A third optional day on setting up Brainspotting with the Adoption Constellation is available for those who have been trained in Brainspotting Phase 1 (Phase 2 is strongly recommended).
Every therapist truly desires to be competent and helpful for all of their clients. Unfortunately, most clinicians were never provided even a basic introduction to adoption, let alone an explanation or analysis of the complexities adoption entails.
Sixty-five percent of clinical psychologists surveyed were unable to recall any courses addressing adoption in graduate school, which is better than the eighty-six percent who could not recall any courses addressing adoption in their undergraduate coursework either (Javier, et al., 2006).
Because adoptees are overrepresented in a variety of populations, including but not limited to competitive athletics, addictions, eating disorders, LGBTQ+, and incarceration, it is likely that you are working with adoptees whether you know it or not. Too often, I have heard an adoptive parent say we went to a therapist, but it only seemed to make it worse. Adoptees seem to be more gentle in their assessment that it just didn’t help or the counselor didn’t get it.
Because I know therapists really want to practice excellence and offer quality services, it is a joy to share all I have learned and am learning, so you can best serve your clients who are a part of the adoption constellation.
I am excited to have Abby Hasberry as my assistant trainer.
This training will include:
- adoption competency information,
- working with all members of the adoption constellation & those impacted by foster care,
- working with children, adults, & families,
- special populations within the adoption population,
- racism in adoption & foster care,
- conceptualization, diagnosis, goals, and modalities for adoption therapy
- research, history, and more
14 CE hours have been approved through academic sponsorship by the University of Georgia School of Social Work as required by Rule 135-B under the Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists, and are included in the registration rate.
Brainspotting trained therapists who would like to sign up for all three days, including the Brainspotting specialty training approved by Dr. David Grand, can do so here.
2-day Training Registration
CEs are included
|Early Bird (sale ends November 31, 11:59 EST)||$500|
|Standard Registration (sale ends Jan 31, 11:59 EST)||$550|
|Standard Late Registration||$600|
|Provisional License Rate (sale ends Jan 31, 11:59 EST)||$475|
|Provisional License Late Registration||$525|
|Access & Inclusion Rate (sale ends Jan 31, 11:59 EST)||$400|
|Access & Inclusion Late Registration||$450|
|Student Rate (sale ends Jan 31, 11:59 EST)||$225|
|Student Late Registration||$275|
|Retake Registration (sale ends Jan 31, 11:59 EST)||$225|
|Retake Late Registration||$275|
Discounted registrations rates must be requested by email. An invoice will be sent via PayPal to complete your registration
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Meet the Trainers
Brooke Randolph, LMHC, LPC, LPCC-S, is a speaker, author, and therapist. She is the founder and Executive Director of Counseling at The Green House, a boutique group practice focused on working with the adoption constellation, with therapists licensed in Indiana, Kentucky, Texas, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Massachusetts. Brooke’s specialities are Adoption Therapy & Brainspotting. She is passionate about raising the bar for Adoption Therapy.
Brooke started her career focused on adoption. She is an Adoption Specialist, adoptee advocate, single adoptive parent, and also a kinship guardian and caregiver. She works to maintain an open international adoption and promotes family preservation.
She was a founding member of MLJ Adoptions, Inc., where she served as the VP of Social Services for seven years. She was also a Young Professionals Advisory Board member for The Villages, Indiana’s largest not-for-profit child and family services agency.
She was a contributing author to Adoption Therapy: Perspectives from Clients and Clinicians on Processing and Healing Post-Adoption Issues (2014), the organizing editor of It’s Not About You: Understanding Adoptee Search, Reunion, & Open Adoption (2017), and author of three children’s workbooks. She has also authored adoption education materials and presented at numerous conferences and workshops throughout North America on a variety of topics.
Abigail Hasberry, PhD, decided after years in education as a college professor, middle school teacher, and principal to continue her education inn Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling. Throughout her career, she has used her education and experiences to help others develop themselves personally and professionally. Abby is a lifelong learner who loves learning formally through research and training and informally from interactions with others. She has lived and traveled all over the world, and love to experience new places and cultures. Abby is a transracial adoptee and a birth mom, who has navigated the reunion journey for both identities.
Abby completed a Master of Education in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling from Lamar University in 2022. She also holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction from UNLV, a Master of Arts in Teaching from Goucher College, and a Bachelor of Science in African American History and Sociology from Towson University.
“…one of my ‘go to’ professionals on issues related to advocacy, family support, organizational development and outreach. I found Brooke to be a consummate professional with (I cannot state this with enough emphasis) the highest of ethics. Both in collaborative and individual settings, I relied on Brooke to provide an advocates perspective while incorporating the needs of children and families. Amongst the hundreds of professionals with which I have worked, I found that to be a rare combination. From Joint Council’s perspective Brooke’s marketing abilities have been greatly appreciated. She remained proactively diligent in monitoring our activities and promoting them through her personal and professional networks. Brooke continues to be a valued colleague and I look forward to continuing to call upon her as part of the Joint Council community.”
– Tom Difilipo
President & CEO, Joint Council on International Children’s Services / Adoptive Parent
‘We have hired Brooke Randolph to speak to live audiences twice, and multiple times for webinars we have presented. She’s the real deal. Her expertise on trauma, healthy attachments, and brain spotting is top-notch in every way. Plus, she is warm and engaging with audiences. I highly recommend her services’
– Mike Berry
Author of Securely Attached: How Understanding Childhood Trauma Will Transform Your Parenting / Co-Founder of The Honestly Adoption Company / Adoptive Parent
“I have had the privilege of knowing Brooke for several years now, and there aren’t enough words to describe her genuine care and concerns for those who have experienced trauma, specifically adoption and relinquishment trauma. Her expertise in the field of Brainspotting, as well as trauma, has helped countless individuals. She is a trainer, speaker, an adoption competent therapist, and so much more. She’s also a wonderful author and has spent yeras gaining knowledge and education regarding the adoption experience to assist her clients to understand the multilayered dynamics to the adoption experience. I highly recommend Brooke, and I can’t wait for more people to learn the healing practices of Brainspotting.”
– Pamela Karanova
Founder of ADOPTEES CONNECT, INC. / Adult Adoptee
“People should take this Brainspotting Specialty Training because it provides such valuable information. Usually, when you go into trainings, you learn mostly about the modality, the history of the modality and how to do it, etc. – the focus is on the modality. This training allowed for thorough information about the topic of adoption, the history, the people involved with adoption, and how to care for all the people involved in the best, most compassionate, and empathetic way. It was such a solid and well rounded training.”
– Ruth Unaegbu, MA RCC
Brainspotting Therapist / Foster Parent
“If you plan to work with persons involved in adoption in any way, this training clearly outlines the fundamentals and will help you identify areas where you may require further study, and you didn’t even know it! This is a great starting point for newbies and a wonderful depth-enhancer for those with more experience in the field.”
– Kris Boksman, PH.D C.PSYCH
“Brooke is someone who has real and actual training in helping those impacted by adoption, along with a genuine willingness to learn. Whether you are an adoptive parent who needs insight into raising your adoptee, an adoptee, or a first mom … you’ll be sure to be in empathetic, caring, knowledgeable (and non-judgmental!) hands with Brooke.”
– Laura Dennis
Author / Editor / Adult Adoptee
“Brooke Randolph lends a superb perspective to those residing in the realm of adoption. She is one of the most “woke adoptive parents” around, as evidenced by her book; It’s Not About You. She has demonstrated an incredible passion for helping families and training therapists to do the complex work of adoption therapy. And she’s adapted Brainspotting to specifically work with this population and it’s being recognized as an imperative tool for the adoption-competent therapist.
– Leslie Pate Mackinnon, LCSW
Therapist / Advocate / Birth Mother
“I thought I was adoption educated, but just an hour with Brooke opened my eyes to how much more there is to know,
and helped me better attune to my clients.“
– Deborah Antinori, LPS
Therapist / Brainspotting Trainer
Have a Question?
In addition to this training, I also provide individual and group consultation for Adoption Therapy, Brainspotting trainings Brainspotting consultation, and more. As a Consultant, I take a relational approach and collaborate with you on setting the frame to help your clients achieve optimal growth and healing. I work on the US Eastern Time Zone, but I am happy to work with clinicians from all around the world.